Guam gets $125K in federal housing grant

Guam Housing and Urban Renewal Authority (PNC file photo)

Guam – Guam gets a share of $125,064 from the $74-million grant awarded by the U.S. Housing and Urban development Authority to public housing authorities throughout the United States.

The funding is part of the Department’s Family Self-Sufficiency program and will go to public housing residents participating in the Housing Choice Voucher Program.

The local program, known as Section 8, is under the Guam Housing and Urban Renewal Authority.

“One of the most important things we can do as public servants is to help HUD-assisted families achieve their dreams,” U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson said. “Working with our local partners, HUD is connecting families to educational opportunities, job training, childcare and other resources that allow them to get higher paying jobs and, ultimately, become self-sufficient.”

HUD said the five-year program has been successful so far. “The average household income of FSS participants nearly tripled during their time in the program, from $10,000 at the time of entry to more than $27,000 upon program completion.”

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Jolene joined the PNC team in 2017, as a producer, co-anchor and investigative reporter covering law enforcement, courts and crimes. Notable coverage includes the Ehlert case, the Mark Torre Jr. trial, the Allan Agababa trial, exclusive pieces on the Life of a Drug Dealer/Addict, and Life behind bars...the story of Honofre Chargualaf and Kevin Cruz. In 2019, she was promoted to Assistant News Director and Lead Anchor. From 2015 to 2017 she served as Public Relations and Promotions Manager, for the Hotel Nikko Guam handling local radio and advertorial promotions, as well as produced and directed tv commercials for the hotel. Prior to this she worked with KUAM for three years as a reporter and segment host. She began her journalism career in 2012, working with Glimpses of Guam contributing to the Guam Business Magazine, R&R magazine, MDM magazine and the Marianas Business Journal.